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How to Frame a Mirror With Clips

This post shares how to frame a mirror with clips. If you want to add a wood frame to a bathroom mirror, it’s simple—just follow these simple steps.

How to Frame a Mirror With Clips

This is the second-to-last update of my $100 Room Challenge second bathroom makeover! See the first two updates here (before pics and painting) and here (adding plants and whatnot). (The $100 Room Challenge is hosted by my friend Erin or Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, and this time around, I’m working on our second bathroom.)

Today I’m tackling the mirror. If you’re curious about how to frame a mirror with clips—like the kind a ton of our bathrooms have—this project is for you. I decided to frame out this mirror for two reasons: it’s plain and it has a crack in the side that has been there since we moved in.

Wood frame for a bathroom mirror

This is a cheap and easy project, too. The only tricky part was fitting the frame over the plastic clips at the top of the mirror, but there’s an easy fix for that.


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And here’s how to frame a mirror with clips.

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Step 1: First I cut my four pieces to size. I decided not to do miter joints for this because to me they stand out more. Instead, I cut my pieces like this with the intent to sand the assembled frame really well and conceal the joints.

I also thought this would give a more modern look and leave a lot less room for error when assembling the frame.

1x2x8 for bathroom mirror frame

Step 2: Next I used my KregJig and drilled two pocket holes on the ends of each vertical piece. I drilled a total of 8 pocket holes. The two horizontal pieces did not have any pocket holes.

If you don’t have a KregJig, don’t have to use pocket holes. I just think it’s a really great and easy way to join pieces of wood together. You could easily use wood glue, clamps, and a nail gun as well.

pieces of wood with pocket holes
Wood frame for a bathroom mirror

Step 3: I clamped the pieces down to my workspace to add stability and drilled pocket hole screws through each of my pocket holes to attach the vertical pieces to the horizontal pieces. That process looked like this.

What would have been really helpful here is a right-angle clamp, but I haven’t added one of those to my lineup yet. Soon! With this setup, I have one piece clamped and have to hold the other one steady. It works fine, though.

driving pocket hole screws
diy bathroom mirror frame being built

How to Glue a Mirror to the Wall

Step 4: Once I’d assembled the frame, I took the top two clips off and used a glue specifically designed for mirrors to glue the mirror to the wall. The part about being specifically designed for mirrors is important. If you use a regular glue, you risk it discoloring the back of the mirror and potentially bleeding through.

I put the clips back on using my drill to keep everything stable while the glue dried. You can see the two clips in this before shot of the room (before painting and whatnot):

bare mirror with clips in a bathroom
mirror glue

Step 5: While everything dried upstairs, I got to work finishing up the frame. I sanded the frame really well and painted it using DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Pure White. You can use any appropriate paint, but make sure to check if you need a primer first. If you’re painting knotty wood, the knots might bleed through some paints without a primer!

OH—make sure to paint the back, too! A small amount of it will reflect on the mirror. I have made the mistake of not painting the back of the frame before thinking it would be hidden. But mirrors are tricky that way…in that they reflect things…who would have that? 🙂

Painted wood frame drying

I mounted it with a few dabs of the same mirror adhesive I used for the mirror and pushed it firmly into place off and on for a few minutes. The glue begins to set up pretty quickly, and you can check to see how stable it is as it’s drying by gently pulling on the frame.

I opted not to use a nail gun for extra reinforcement because the frame is so thin and I was worried about hitting the mirror, which would have been a disaster. And apparently 7 years of bad luck…

Here’s the finished product!

mirror with the wood frame added to it

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  1. Brooke says:

    I absolutely love this and your tutorial was awesome! Great job!!

  2. Jennifer Meyers says:

    Oooooh it looks so good! I need to get a KregJig, I have been avoiding it haha.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      I was intimidated at first too but it is so easy to use. Trust me—you will love it! Try the mini one if you don’t want to jump in on the deeper end, but I love my K4!

  3. Kelli says:

    I keep seeing how the kreg jig is being used and am wanting one in a bad way. Your trim really changed the look of your mirror. Looks so crisp and clean.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      I love my KregJig! Definitely recommend getting one! They make a mini one too that would be nice to try out before buying a bigger one 🙂

  4. Kristen says:

    It looks great Brittany! I have a large mirror just sitting downstairs waiting for a nice new frame! Definitely saving.

  5. Maria says:

    Ahh I love it! It’s amazing how such a simple update can make a big impact in a space. Looking forward to seeing the completed bathroom!

  6. Beth says:

    Wow, it looks great! I love how it finishes out the mirror. I have a mirror to finish off in our closet so I’m definitely using this tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Patti says:

    The frame looks great and really gives the room a nice finishing touch. Can’t wait to see your reveal.

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